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Tips for test driving a used car

How to test drive a used car

Buying a used car can be a tricky experience for many, as it can be hard to tell exactly what’s going on under a used car’s hood. For that reason, test driving a potential vehicle is more important than ever. If you’re not sure exactly how to test drive a used car, here are a few tips and tricks to test driving used vehicles.

The first thing to remember when you visit a lot like ours here at Sheehy Auto Outlet of Manassas is to keep an open mind. You may think you won’t like a certain vehicle and be pleasantly surprised by it.

What to do on a test drive

Getting behind the wheel is a big part of buying a new car. And honestly, it’s probably the most fun you’ll have during the car shopping process. That said, it’s still important that you pay attention to any signs that the vehicle may be giving you, as well as minor details in the car.

Of course, the first step to test driving a vehicle is sitting in it. If you don’t find the interior comfortable or accessible, odds are it probably isn’t the right car for you, especially if you plan on driving it frequently or for long distances.

When you’re test driving a vehicle, it’s important that you drive a vehicle as you normally would. You should also try to mimic the different types of driving maneuvers that you perform on a regular basis like highway merging, hills, turns, etc.

Here are a few points that you should pay special attention to while you’re out on the road test driving a vehicle:

  • Vehicle acceleration and passing acceleration
  • Engine and road noise
  • Braking
  • Hill climbing
  • Suspension
  • Steering and handling

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If you notice anything strange in these categories while you’re test driving a vehicle, please bring it up to us so we can have our staff look into it. We want to ensure that we’re providing our customers with the best quality vehicles, so if they’re something wrong with a vehicle, we’ll do what we can to fix it.

Test driving our inventory is your chance to get a feel for a vehicle and see how it will fit in with your driving style before you make a final decision. Here at Sheehy Auto Outlet, we know that buying a new vehicle – even a used one – is a big investment. That’s why we’re committed to helping you get behind the wheel of the vehicle that not only fits your needs but fits your budget as well.

If you’re interested in taking a model or two of ours out for a test drive, contact us here at Sheehy Auto Outlet to schedule an appointment.